Head Coach Deb Patteron Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach Deb Patterson

On the overall play in the game...

“I think that was just a very hard fought, very competitive basketball game that, statistically, I don’t know that it was necessarily well played by either team, with the exception of Kansas, who I thought did a tremendous job on the boards. Other than that, I think it was just a grinded out battle. Certainly there wasn’t any phase of the game where I thought that we were as effective, efficient or as good as we would hope to be in Big 12 basketball. Give credit to Kansas for taking us out of our game and for being very aggressive. Again, it was just a very hard fought, but statistically, pretty ugly game.”

 

On the lack of aggressiveness ...

“I really felt like we just didn’t necessarily do a great job with our passing, our handling or establishing a post presence. I think, obviously, defensively, they guarded us and it just wasn’t a night in which I think we were as efficient and as aggressive as we needed to be. You’re going to be guarded in Big 12 play. I thought we were passive relative to the aggressiveness that they might have brought. I didn’t feel it was anything extraordinary but I don’t know that we played as well as I had hoped as we continue to play through Big 12 basketball.”

 

On rebounding differential...

“I think we just need to continue to work at being more disciplined, more fundamental, on the boards, on the defensive boards. If you look at the numbers both ways, you can see we were more of a passive team. I think a lot of times offensive rebounds are a reflection of the shots you are taking. Knowing when, where and who. Certainly we were ineffective and not efficient offensively so we didn’t get a lot of offensive boards because of that. Defensively, I don’t think we brought a fundamental commitment o boarding the ball. So much of Kansas’ scoring, although this wasn’t a very high scoring game, were predominately points in the paint and I just don’t think we established a physical presences there. A lot of those misses were rebounds to be found in the paint. I’m not sure we brought the discipline necessary to be effective there defensively, obviously, because we got beat numerically. I didn’t think it was because of a lot of long, hard to get, situational rebounds. I thought it was a lack of fundamental execution.”